It's easy to be obsessed with Billie Eilish. Over the past two years, we've seen her explode onto the scene with a hit 2017 EP "don't smile at me," and several following singles along with interviews on interviews. The thing that makes her so attractive to fans is that she acts casual, relaxed and even goofy like any normal 17 year-old kid would. Except of course for the fact that she is perpetually dressed in Gucci sweatshirts, chains, rings, and decked out sneakers.
Music Video - "Bad Guy":
Eilish gives off the vibe that she "doesn't care" and it's easy to assign this attitude to her because of her laxness in interviews, style, and the fact that she says "dude" like a real Californian. But based on her repertoire of work, this incredible new album, and her age (always an impressive factor) it's easy to see that she's cares a whole lot.
It's hard to believe that "WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?" is even Eilish's debut album, because of her huge successes with the EP and singles. But it's true, so strap in. With "WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?" We get a taste of several different genres and sounds that don't try to conform into any style or genre–which could be the big point.
Music Video - "Bury A Friend":
Comparing Eilish to other artists is difficult because she doesn't seem to fall into any category. Even Spotify has a hard time with this, and they typically throw her into the Pop sphere, but something about that feels off. Her songs range from poetic lines to constant bass that runs from track to track, giving them the sound of something more EDM focused with echoing vocals.
Once the chorus hits on several of her songs, we typically get a heavier beat to aid a shift in the notes and melody, before returning to a somewhat quieter second verse. There are still a few songs that don't entirely take this structure though. Tracks like "listen before I go" which takes on the style of a piano ballad, and "8" which is able to give us a ukulele melody that resembles the quietness of the track "party favor" from don't smile at me while simultaneously highlighting her killer vocals.
Music Video: "when the party's over":
In a single song, "xanny" combines Eilish's soft airy voice, with ear shattering bass and moving on to light jazzy piano for the second verse. This song does what the entire album is doing sonically, which is to keep the listener on their feet as Eilish is simply switching from sound to sound. Not being able to be trapped inside a box or genre.
With the title of the album being, "WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?" It's" easy to look at it as something dark and even morbid. At least that's what it seemed when Eilish accompanied this album title with the single, "Bury A Friend." Yet as we listen to the album in its entirety (in order like Eilish suggests) we come to find that the title is not meant to be morbid at all and is merely created to be a genuine question about dreams and the subconscious mind. And the tracks around this theme create a cohesive work that can also embody so many different ideas. It seems paradoxical, but she pulls it off.
Eilish is attracting other teens and young listeners with her sad ballads to upbeat dance tracks, but also with a few snippets of a season 7 episode of The Office in the song "my strange addiction." With a quick nod to the show, we remember again that Eilish is also just a regular tennager. However she was careful enough to use a scene where Michael Scott is looking for feedback and validation on his recently created movie project, just like one might do with an album.
This album is exciting. It's gives us a look into the mind of not only Billie Eilish but perhaps of the teen agenda that we haven't seen since possibly Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine. Except again, it's hard to compare Eilish because these two pieces of work still have several differences. One being that Eilish's album actually begins with the sound of her taking out her Invisalign retainer.
As fans, we get the gift of diving deep into Eilish's subconscious and conscious mind, her hopes and wishes, characters, and deep dark thoughts and the music put behind it. Eilish embodies this idea that anyone can make music, just like she does in her brother's bedroom. Letting us know that you don't need anything fancy to create an piece of art, which of course, makes it all the more impressive.
Eilish has gained such a following and it about to begin a huge, almost sold out tour this summer. Listen to the album now, streaming on all platforms.